EU reinforce trust on safe products

“The Single Market of 500 million consumers is a great EU success story. Today we are removing obstacles, reinforcing trust and allowing our businesses and consumers to make the most of it.” Said Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth Investment and Competitiveness.

The Commission tabled two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers. Internal Market Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska added: “The Single Market is built on trust. Consumers must be able to trust that the products they use are of the same standard wherever they come from; and public authorities must be able to trust that the products on their national markets are safe for their citizens. The breast implant and ‘dieselgate’ scandals undermined this trust and we must rebuild it with stricter controls across the board. Faulty products have absolutely no place in the EU.” Trade in goods accounts for 75% of intra-EU trade and around 25% of the EU’s GDP. Reducing internal trade barriers further could lead to an increase of intra-EU trade by more than €100 billion per year. Today’s initiatives were designed to improve the free flow of goods in the EU, namely through a better application of the principle of ‘mutual recognition’ and strengthened controls by national authorities.

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